Resist the Tyranny of Silence After Charlie Hebdo Attack

January 13, 2015 1:00 AM

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AARHUS, Denmark -- Philippe Val, at the time Charlie Hebdo's director, couldn't hide his contempt when, in 2007 -- in response to the court case against the leftist satirical magazine for publishing some cartoons of Muhammad -- someone asked him whether it had been necessary. Wasn't what Val did merely an unnecessary provocation and an attack against a weak and oppressed minority?

Charlie Hebdo had republished the cartoons from the Jyllands-Posten newspaper, along with other cartoons of the Prophet made by its cartoonists. It was a reaction against the attacks on the Danish embassies throughout the world, carrying out threats received by our newspaper.

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